Fire Protection Engineer
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, United States
14 days ago
- Identifies and eliminates/mitigates fire hazards by providing information and decisions that aid in detecting, controlling, and suppressing fire events, considering the effects of fire on people, structures, commodities, and continuity of operations.
- Applies knowledge of theories, principles, practical concepts, processes, codes, standards, methods of fire prevention, and fire phenomena to evaluate designs; plans; studies; performance base modeling; and human response to emergency situations.
- Provides support to center expert for Fire Protection Engineering in the Protective Services Office, including serving as the alternate for the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) authority having jurisdiction.
- Ensures, by reviewing designs and other related materials, and by considering field conditions, that building construction and fire protection features are in place to minimize danger to life and property from the effects of fire.
- Provides technical guidance and expertise into the development and management of policies and procedures for facility management systems and functions. Interprets and/or revises existing policy and regulations, and reviews legislation changes.
- Interacts with all levels of management and technical personnel at KSC, other NASA Centers, other Government agencies, and commercial entities operating on KSC, to accomplish the defined major duties.
- Analyzes unique aerospace fire hazard and personnel safety situations that may involve high dollar ground support equipment, space vehicles, toxic and highly flammable fuel and oxidizer storage, cryogenic materials, and other hazardous commodities.
- Develops and maintains specific knowledge of KSC-unique integrated configurations of fire suppression, electronic fire detection, and alarms systems, including systems used for launch processing and launch of space vehicles.
- Foster a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence and innovation. Champion NASA's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility to create an environment that promotes a commitment to safety, integrity, and teamwork.
Conditions of Employment
- This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
- Position subject to pre-employment background security investigation.
- You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
- If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement.
- This position may require a one year trial period.
To qualify for GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level:
- Providing code and standards-based Fire Protection engineering guidance, for design and construction of new
existing facilities, proposed facilities/facility upgrades, as well as features of existing facilities, and operations at
- Reviewing construction project designs, specifications, and submittals for compliance with requirements for fire
suppression, fire detection, life safety, building code, and national electric code, and providing input to revise
pertinent items; and
- Formulating and implementing projects and investigations in all matters of fire protection, fire prevention, and life
safety, as well as providing advice on the quality and compliance of fire protection engineering products produced by
You must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics
Have a combination of education and experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.
The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those individuals who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an individual who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional.
3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements.
4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided you have had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)
U.S. degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.
This appointment may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of 10-years.
Current Federal civilian employees may apply for this position. If selected, a break in service of at least 4 calendar days may be required prior to appointment to this position.
If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:
- Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
- Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position
-Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents.'
For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/#ictap.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Direct Hire Authority: These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority. Category rating and veterans' preference will not be considered in evaluating applicants. For more information on Direct Hire Authority, please see: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet.
Veterans: Under the provisions of Direct Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. However, applicants who are eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their application and submit supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, or other substantiating documents). For more information please see: Veterans' Preference information on the FedsHireVets website.
You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. To determine your qualifications and referral status, we may review your resume and supporting documentation and compare it against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration.
You will be assessed on the following competencies:
- Fire Management
- Technical Competence
- Fire Protection Engineering
- Workplace Safety